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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams's more famous works .. Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father's inheritance amid a whirlwind of. PDF | 5 minutes read | On Apr 1, , Sudeep Gupta and others published Cat on a hot tin roof.
Shortly thereafter Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of , declaring that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance" http: There is no power game.
Wade, largely abolished first and second-trimester abortion restrictions for women. And though the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed Constitutional amendment for the equality of women in the workplace, was not ratified in —thanks largely to mobilization of housewives by anti-feminist activist Phyllis Schlafly—another ERA, the Equal Rights Advocates, would be established in That organization actively enforces Title IX in schools and workplaces today, as well as advocating for the legal protection of marginalized students, women workers, and working families.
These historical events and entities were more radical, and effected broader social change, than mere fillips of fashion. Second wave feminist writer Fay Weldon summarizes this transition in her 40th anniversary introduction to Fear of Flying: Men still ruled the roost and women still wanted to please them.
Women had won their sexual freedom, thanks to the Pill, and reveled in it, but were still dependent on men for their income. In spite of all the theories, guilt and grief remained. Female lust had a nasty habit of turning into love, as male lust did not…[a]nd what women knew about their own bodies, their own emotions, their own sexuality was still surprisingly little Jong.
On the day that she decides to reverse the disintegration of her marriage, Maggie first attempts to integrate the conflicting elements of her own personality: The image of Maggie questioning her reflection is an apt metaphor for the movement towards self-awareness that American women undertook in the s.
The serviceable but comparatively dull performances of stage veterans Fred Gwynne as Big Daddy and Kate Reid as Big Mama were eclipsed almost entirely. What accounted for this change in perception? Confidence, married with a striking lack of physical inhibition, was one factor: Production stills show an actor in total command of her physical range: In another she is hanging backwards over the edge of the bed, long legs casually crossed, hair and fingers tickling the carpet as she speaks Billy Rose Collection.
Her years as an itinerant and financially independent single mother whetted, rather than dulled, her sense of the ribald and grotesque. This resistance spoke directly to the complex gender subversions of Elizabeth Ashley, who found a lifelong comrade and champion in Williams. Playwright and actress enjoyed a sexless intimacy that found its outlet in a series of successful improvisational rewrites.
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The same circumspection that had insulated Williams from persecution in the s exposed him to mockery two decades later. Those two decades had indeed seen revolutionary movements towards visibility and acceptance for homosexual Americans.
The American Psychological Association had even removed homosexuality from its list of mental disturbances in Shackelford Jeb Brown recalls as a curiously optimistic time for the discovery of gay culture in cosmopolitan settings: This familiarity, however, bred acceptance and contempt in turn. Brick Pollitt proved no more penetrable or comprehensible to critics in than he had to ones in or, in most cases, the ones in intervening years.
A Space Odyssey. Re-construction and Reconciliation: Williams invited the actors to improvise, to rewrite, and to explore new readings of his lines, prompting with typical deference: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh I told a lie to Big Daddy, but we can make that lie come true. And then I'll bring you liquor, and we'll get drunk together, here, tonight, in this place that death has come into! What do you say?
What do you say, baby? I admire you, Maggie. He looks up at the overhead light, then at Margaret. She reaches for the light, turns it out; then she kneels quickly beside Brick at foot of bed.
Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you—gently, with love, and hand your life back to you, like something gold you let go of— and I can! I'm determined to do it— and nothing's more determined than a cat on a hot tin roof— is there? Is there, baby? And so tonight we're going to make the lie true, and when that's done, I'll bring the liquor back here and we'll get drunk together, here, tonight, in this place that death has come into.
I don't say anything. I guess there's nothing to say. Oh, you weak people, you weak, beautiful people! What you want is someone to— [She turns out the rose-silk lamp. I do love you, Brick, I do! BRICK [smiling with charming sadness]: Wouldn't it be funny if that was true? If so, it was a bittersweet and self-conscious one. All of this speaks to the pitch of the United States at the approach of its Bicentennial, a country which for all its newly-evolved candor about sex and gender still struggled mightily with the old questions of who was expected to surrender dominance in bed, in politics, and within the constraints of nuclear bonds.
In production, this script showed us men and women struggling to move beyond the gender and sexual labels that no longer adequately defined them; to reconcile the masculine and feminine components of their characters; and to find new ways of relating to spouses, parents, and children whom they knew, by now, could not guarantee their happiness or protect them from devouring time.
Amy Brooks was the production dramaturg. Tennessee Williams has been essential to every facet of my work in theater. Tom Lanier Williams, I saw, spent his life so terribly afraid, yet persevered so bravely in his sublimation of terror into poetry.
Culverhouse and I understood the ways in which nasty childhoods drive damaged grownups to succeed; this made Cat an ideal subject for the culmination of our graduate studies. The production process was a challenging one, as befits the subject matter. Culverhouse elected to keep it in the script, and it was ultimately spoken by actor Milan Dragicevich.
Much of my production dramaturgy for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof challenged me to reconcile detachment and intervention in order to get work done and decisions made. The isolation I had long dreaded rendered me useful during times of creative stalemate between Culverhouse and his designers.
The tone of our third design meeting on October 9th, , is generally optimistic. Still, the group has yet to articulate a clear guiding vision for the show. When I stand to speak, half an hour later, it seems important to be just as unequivocal: I begin by summarizing the concepts the design team has shared both privately and in meetings: Who is in a position to tolerate whom, in Cat?
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When the characters touch, are they angry or loving? Where is tolerance lacking? And what tolerance does the text ask of the viewer? What ideas or energies give the play scope? I project this painting: Figure 1: Instead, he spent each summer in the company of avant-garde painters: That in fact that is what reality is? Neither figure holds meaning on its own; there is only the binary. I share your feeling about Brick, want to kick him. Got everything without begging, was admired and loved by all.
Skipper and Maggie. He built one side of his life around Skipper, another around Maggie. Hero is faced with truth and collapses before it. Notebooks I take a creative position. The script is filled with references to doors and business with doors—open, shut, locked, eavesdroppers lurking beyond, people hiding within.
What does the door represent to this family? Who wants them in place; who wants them thrown open? And what is waiting behind those doors? I am not privy to these later discussions between Culverhouse and Romero; as is often the case for dramaturgs, my role in the process was peripheral. Still, I conclude that the conceptual questions I raised were useful ones.
Multiple vision—weighing the priorities of the production team against your own and revealing the points at which they intersect—will likely generate a multitude of questions before the team arrives at answers. The questioning, like the dynamism of opposing energies, is what defines rigorous production work that takes creative risks and renders plays like Cat perennially fresh. This assignment for you, as wives and mothers, you can do in the living room with a baby in your lap or in the kitchen with a can opener in your hand.
I think there is much you can do about our crisis in the humble role of housewife. I could wish you no better vocation than that Friedan Croteau—blonde, smoke-throated and button-featured, looking rather like a Tinker Bell who had abandoned Peter Pan for cigarettes and sex—made for a wry Maggie. With a brittle and tightly-coiled physical anger that often overtook any hint of softness, Croteau was a credible amalgam of privilege and hunger, the kind of debutante you suspect might beat you in a fight.
In the UMass production, Croteau was unmistakably the protagonist. Gender and sexual politics had continued to comprise their own American drama: They also paved the way for later male-to-female transgender performers of color like Laverne Cox, whose Netflix vehicle Orange Is the New Black has helped shift sexual difference from the stuff of sitcom and reality TV e.
In she became a U. Williams, whose status as non-binary Other caused him emotional and physical distress until his death by overdose in Lahr , mistrusted fluidity as deeply as he embodied it.
Has he loved his wife? She describes him, in some detail, as a good lover because he was a disinterested lover.
No vocabulary existed in , or as late as , to address the compulsion that Maggie exhibits to care for Brick, to regulate his drinking, and to maintain the myriad daily tasks he has abandoned in service to alcoholism.
But the compulsion was always real: Williams, himself the adult child of an alcoholic and mentally ill family, understood the caretaking dynamic unconsciously. A working knowledge of codependent sexual and family dynamics is one of several new skills that producers and analysts of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof might bring to bear today.
In it, she limns the long-neglected pathologies of people who organize their lives around the chemically dependent, transgressing healthy boundaries and focusing all energy, hawk-like, on maintaining the well-being of addicts and substance abusers.
In , codependency is a recognized by many clinical psychiatrists as a legitimate personality disorder though, as of , the term remained controversial in psychiatric circles and was not been included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association 5 DSM Codependents Anonymous, an offshoot of Alcoholics Anonymous Davis , offers a list of behaviors to help visitors self-diagnose and seek treatment.
Some criteria include: This detail points to the likelihood that Maggie entered their marriage prepared to care for an alcoholic, and even to the possibility that doing so validates a long-established need in her personality.
Interestingly, it was not the specter of homosexuality that seemed to pique him as an actor, engaging his defenses or eliciting tacit disapproval in his character work. Queerness was no serious bugbear for a broad-minded college-age performer in In short, he made himself emotionally present in places where the text had clearly defined his absence.
I spoke against this choice then. What does it do to the stakes if Brick wears his emotions so close to the surface that Maggie scarcely must scratch him to draw blood? I wondered in rehearsals: In no one had any difficulty accepting that a complex, somehow androgynous young football player might present as generally masculine yet harbor unacknowledged homosexual desires. Social pressure to view these facets of identity as irreconcilable is rapidly disintegrating; evidence to the contrary is simply too abundant.
How, how disgusted they are by things like that? Attitudes towards ambivalence itself, however, have palpably shifted within Millennial generations Y and Z. More than a third of Millennial women say marriage is one of their most important goals. What is confusion, if not the acknowledgement of mystery? In other words: Mystery is alive in the hopes and contradictions of the young adults polled by the Cassandra Report, and it is alive in the art they consume.
In , Cat still has the power to push back against the sexual mores against which Williams pitted himself in work and in life. Mysteries of gender and sexuality obsessed Tennessee Williams. Not merely mysteries on the page, but ones of the body: Tennessee Williams: I therefore decided to host and moderate a one-night symposium of Williams scholars, critics, and creative artists, entitled Tennessee Williams: Gender Play in and Beyond.
Guests of all ages were invited, but my ideal audience member was the Five College student from a socially or artistically underrepresented community: In our discussion of the tormented gender play of Tennessee Williams, this student would, I hoped, recognize a humanity that transcends sexual absolutism. Our primary aim was be to address the broad question: The symposium was helpful to me on two levels.
First, as a Williams scholar, it enabled me to observe and engage with expert opinions from a spectrum of academic and creative fields. Because my own area of research determined the line of questioning, I was already familiar with many of the sources they referenced e. My metric for success, then, became the extent to which attendees and panelists were entertained and informed. Feedback from audience members was positive: Every aspect of the symposium—its initial concept, its venue, its grant funding by the UMass Arts Council and the Lois E.
To curate a public event that goes off with the appearance of effortlessness is one of the hardest jobs in the world. In this respect I feel I was partially successful. Though each element of the symposium technically went off as planned, attendance at roughly 30 guests was lower than I had hoped, due in part to the miserable weather that threatened to close the campus on that morning. Looking back, I can only wonder at the masochistic impulse that led me to plan an event in early February in Amherst, Massachusetts; the fact that all four panelists—two of whom David Kaplan and Michael Wilson had traveled in some discomfort from New York City—made it to the symposium speaks more to their professionalism than to my good sense.
If the panel succeeded, it did so because its subject and scholars are both of these things; and, as Culverhouse reminds us with his judgment on academic panels, the world could do with far less tedium and waste in any form.
And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you.
For theater scholar-practitioners who discover in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as I did that shock of delighted recognition which compels artists to explore, to analyze, to teach and to produce: Several pitfalls are inherent there. For one, Williams is a dead, white Southern man. In , American Theater estimated that only 24 percent of plays in production across the U. Similarly, a demographic breakdown of productions at 62 D. I have written at length about the relevance and producability of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; its value notwithstanding, the play is this product of a deeply problematic American ethos.
It might not, as such, remain a staple of university seasons programmed with diversity as a core value. This is beneficial for both Cat and for the theater industry. Repertoire is flexible by definition; far from forcing obsolescence on a classic American text, this helps assure that new productions of Cat are conceived with contemporary values and fresh perspectives at the fore, rather than performed by rote or interpreted at face value.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a demanding, potentially polarizing project that should be undertaken by a like-minded and passionately committed artistic team who bring to bear dramaturgical skill, performance technique, and sensitivity to nuance in design and direction.
The ranks of contemporary Williams scholars are swelling with insight and optimism, yet many aspects of Williams scholarship are relatively unexplored. This paper is may contribute to the foundations of that work by qualifying past reconceptualizations of Cat —e.
On Friday, June 26, —sixty years after Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened, indelibly queering images of family and identity on the American stage—the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalization of gay marriage in all 50 states.
They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered. Maggie, relegated by childlessness to a lower caste of womanhood in , might be bemused to read the highest legal authority in the land decree: That is not to say the right to marry is less meaningful for those who do not or cannot have children. An ability, desire, or promise to procreate is not and has not been a prerequisite for a valid marriage in any State.
SCOTUS ruling The implications of this decision are staggering, viewed in context of the culture of fear in which Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been developed and performed for sixty years. The slapstick tragedy of 20th century greed, terror, and sexual confusion can still, in and beyond, be funny, compelling, and deeply disturbing to observe. Figure 4: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, American Psychiatric Association. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing, Atkinson, Brooks.
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Sort order. Nov 12, Brina rated it really liked it Shelves: This year I embarked to read more plays written by the giants of American playwrights and I currently find myself reading through Tennessee Williams' trilogy of classic plays. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was first written in and revised many times both for the stage and film.
Featuring well known characters, the play is known for its character studies and should be viewed live rather than read. It is in this light that I read the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and enjoyed its characters, for which I rate This year I embarked to read more plays written by the giants of American playwrights and I currently find myself reading through Tennessee Williams' trilogy of classic plays.
It is in this light that I read the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and enjoyed its characters, for which I rate four bright stars. Tennessee Williams takes us to a plantation in the south where two brothers, Gooper and Brick, are jockeying for position to get the upper hand in their father Big Daddy's will.
Brick is a former football star who has become an alcoholic because he can face that he is no longer able to star on the football field. He is married to Maggie and as alcohol has pervaded their marriage the couple remains childless. Gooper is married to Mae and the couple has five children and expecting a sixth.
Although eight years Brick's senior and a successful attorney, Gooper is not the light of Big Daddy's eyes. Big Daddy would like nothing more than to leave his land to Brick, if only the latter would right himself and turn his life around.
Meanwhile the wives Maggie and Mae can not stand each other and offer malicious lines to each other. Maggie's arias are memorable, as I always enjoy a strong female lead. Both women are as the title notes likes cats on a hot tin roof, dancing around each other on edge because neither will be satisfied until they have successfully one-upped the other. From my perspective, Maggie is the more likeable of the two, even though it is Mae who has given Big Daddy the grandchildren he desires.
The climax of the play is the exchange between Big Daddy and Brick in which Big Daddy urges his son to become a better person. This occurs in the second act, making the third act almost anti-climatic. Perhaps if I had viewed this play live I might have thought differently, but I enjoyed the second act more than the third, primarily for the exchange between Big Daddy and Brick.
Tennessee Williams is a master playwright of the 20th century. He touches on social issues as homosexual relationships and a woman's place in a marriage before it was socially acceptable to do so. Being ahead of his time, Williams brings these issues into light in the forms of deep characters.
I enjoyed the personas of Brick, Maggie, and Big Daddy, and sneered at Mae who embodies the old south. View all 14 comments. One of Williams's more famous works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in Set in the "plantation home in the Mississippi Delta" of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the "Cat", Brick's wife.
View all 4 comments. Jun 18, Mackey rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm not sure that you can consider yourself a "southerner" or even from the south if you have not read Tennessee Williams' plays - all of them. I may be a transplanted Hoosier now, but rest assured, I have read and adore all of Williams' plays. They are, without a doubt, some of the very best of American literature and, by far, in the top tier of Southern Lit.
This, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, is one of his best! Sep 30, Brian Yahn rated it liked it. The characters in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof all have these strange reasons for living, all based off of some sort of character flaw.
The way the flaws tie all the characters together symbolically is brilliant. Maggie especially has a strange reason to live: The more she digs into the other characters, it becomes clear that although they have these strange reasons for living--like her husb The characters in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof all have these strange reasons for living, all based off of some sort of character flaw.
The more she digs into the other characters, it becomes clear that although they have these strange reasons for living--like her husband, an alcoholic, who lives only for the next drink--they all seem to have this common mindset that life is miserable and all they want to do is get through it. What really makes this work is the character Big Daddy, who has been diagnosed with cancer. The way all the other characters think only of his inheritance, and the way Big Daddy clings to life--even when it seems like he doesn't even enjoy it--is really interesting to read.
The dialogue doesn't feel as crisp, and it seems like it's just one giant monologue after another. Classic drama that deserves to up there with the greatest plays ever written. The story is centered around a family in crisis, a sizzling drama of desire, avarice and deception set in the steamy American Deep South, you can almost feel the heat coming off the pages.
The play condenses so much life and emotion, it's remarkable really. Feuds, tortured pasts, anger, guilt, love, jealousy, envy, revenge, sorry, sadness, lust, all crammed into a relatively short work. Would love to see it performed on Classic drama that deserves to up there with the greatest plays ever written. Would love to see it performed on stage, but the book ain't a bad alternative.
Well worth reading. Jul 01, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: Set on a large, rich and successful Mississippi plantation in the heat of a 's summer, family members come together to celebrate a big birthday party and bring along their avarice and greed as well as their mendacity in hopes of acquiring a big piece of inheritance when Big Daddy kicks the bucket.
View 2 comments. Jul 19, Carol Storm rated it really liked it. I loved this play as a teenager -- the feverish pace, the soaring poetry of the big speeches, the way Big Daddy was everything my father wasn't and the way Maggie keeps sighing over Brick. But after thirty years of living, I just don't read this play in the same way. There are so many things I swallowed whole as a teen that seem laughably far-fetched as an adult.
Brick is a thirty year old man. Not a fifteen year old boy.
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Yet he still doesn't know if he's gay or straight? I mean, come on! His se I loved this play as a teenager -- the feverish pace, the soaring poetry of the big speeches, the way Big Daddy was everything my father wasn't and the way Maggie keeps sighing over Brick. His self-doubt resonated with me as a teen, but now it just seems silly.
A real gay man -- if he were gay -- would have done a lot more than just shake hands with Skipper every night. And a real straight man -- especially a gorgeous football star from a very wealthy family -- would have had lots, and lots, and lots of women besides Maggie The Cat! Maggie is just as unreal as Brick. Sexual attraction is all very well, but at some point wouldn't she notice that Brick is weak-willed, irresponsible, cowardly, and selfish?
She keeps saying that she'll "die" if he doesn't make love to her again. She never praises any of his personality traits, just his phenomenal good looks. How many marriages are really like this? Even when she admits he's weak, she goes into a big speech about "you weak, beautiful people" like Brick's spineless alcholic need to leech off everyone else is incredibly poignant and sweet. Where is this woman from??? What you really have here is a gay man pining over an unobtainable fantasy, not a real woman trying to create a working marriage with a real man.
Maggie fixates on all the most unreal things -- Brick's phenomenal beauty which magically gets even more irresistable once he becomes a hopeless drunk his childlike helplessness, his inability to protect himself, his parents or his wife.
Notice that it's the "evil" characters, Mae and Gooper, who have the concerns real married people actually have, i. In what universe are these the bad guys? View all 3 comments. May 07, Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: Very powerful, enjoyable read.
I particularly liked having the very specific stage directions, so meticulously explained and set out by Williams for readers as well as directors and performers. Also enjoyed the accompanying essays about the development of the play along with director Elia Kazin and Williams' own essay about the play.
These are not people I would want to spend time with; they don't want to spend time with each other. The way Williams lets the anger, frustration, thwarted love, hat Very powerful, enjoyable read.
The way Williams lets the anger, frustration, thwarted love, hatred, jealousy, fear, and so many other emotions out through this family's interactions is so well done. I have not read a play for years but will definitely make drama more a part of my routine in the future, especially Tennessee Williams. Highly recommended. View all 22 comments. Dec 07, Camie rated it liked it. Well first I must confess reading play scripts is not my favorite thing, including this one even thought it won both Pulitzer and Drama Critics Circle awards.
I'm sure this story caused quite a stir when it was first published in , even so Tennessee Williams was famous for continuing to rewrite aspects of his plays several times over decades. My book is the version of the play, though I'm not sure which parts have been revised from the original, is this the better one???
We're on a 28 Well first I must confess reading play scripts is not my favorite thing, including this one even thought it won both Pulitzer and Drama Critics Circle awards. We're on a 28 acre plantation with Big Daddy the father and owner of the place returning from a medical appointment with Big Mama his disparaged wife, who is reviled several times for spending lots of Big, Daddy's money. Eldest Son Gooper yep - a horrid name the eldest brother who is a lawyer is here and has brought his wife Mae and their 5 children to be by his ailing father's bedside.
And finally we have the favored son Brick , beloved by his father but obviously an alcoholic who is hateful to his wife Margaret who unsuccessfully tried to use her beauty and sexiness to keep him with her. Well it seems Big Daddy has had news that he's on his way out of this world and before he gets very far the vitriolic accusations begin to fly.
It's all in here the greed, sex, spitefulness, questioned homosexuality, abusive relationships, and manipulation to usurp the old mans Estate before he is even dead. What a collection of ungracious and uncharitable folk make up this cozy group. One of the characters here is nick - named Margaret the Cat, but I think the name of the play should come from the word caterwauling which does indeed mean screeching like a cat , and which is what these folks do most of this 3 act play. I seem to remember seeing this on television years ago with Liz Taylor and Paul Newman ,certainly I need to watch it again , as reading it didn't do much for me.
Feb 06, Connie Ava Catherine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tennessee Williams has truly created a masterpiece. Greed, jealousy, homosexuality, indifference, alcoholism, and desire are all laid bare in one way or another in this play. Maggie the Cat is full of life and is honest if she does come from a poor family and feel that she is walking on a hot tin roof all the time.
Some of the other characters in the play may not be as full of life as Maggie. What she wants most of all is a baby from her husband Brick because she knows Brick is Big Daddy's favor Tennessee Williams has truly created a masterpiece.
What she wants most of all is a baby from her husband Brick because she knows Brick is Big Daddy's favorite son. Big Daddy is dying and has no will. Maggie thinks a baby will secure the future for her and her husband. I love this powerful Southern story. Everything is here: It is written with a fine hand in a beautiful voice.
Never does Williams make a false step. This is a play I can read over and over again, and I love the title. Feb 06, Maxwell rated it really liked it Shelves: What a terribly, messed-up family.
I loved every minute of it. This is one I would definitely enjoy seeing performed. My third Williams play, and possibly my favorite. Though how can you compare Maggie to Blanche DuBois. Nonetheless, excellent play.
Feb 05, George K. The play set in three acts is like a reality show focused on a family reunion. An ugly truth simmers silently, a continuous hum of "mendacity" that never increases or decreases in its pitch and the people living under the roof are all affected by it in one or the other way.
Families can get messy, greedy, ugly and downright horrible. But they are family. This is the story of one such family in cotton producing state. A rich family diseased with secrets and malcontent, happy children and connivin The play set in three acts is like a reality show focused on a family reunion. A rich family diseased with secrets and malcontent, happy children and conniving daughter-in-laws, lovable big mama and sycophantic sons.
There is greed, internalized homophobia, coming to terms with death of a great friend, seeking a lover, finding the perfect buzz - the moment when thinking shuts down; its of sons and fathers, of mother and son, of husbands and wives, jealousy and happiness. For what its worth, Maggie wants to stick with Brick knowing he isn't interested in her. Though she doesn't say, she understands the power Brick has over her in his absolute apathy towards her existence. She compares herself to a cat on hot tin roof: She doesn't ask for permission.
She just makes a decision and declares it. Maggie wants her husband Brick.Both Big Daddy and Maggie separately confront Brick about the true nature of his relationship with his pro football buddy Skipper, which appears to be the source of Brick's sorrow and the cause of his alcoholism.
From my perspective, Maggie is the more likeable of the two, even though it is Mae who has given Big Daddy the grandchildren he desires.
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Brick is a former football star who has become an alcoholic because he can face that he is no longer able to star on the football field.